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Farmfest to feature ag innovations, rural topics

MORGAN -- Everything from the latest innovations in agriculture to discussions on rural broadband will be featured at the 34th annual IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest from Tuesday through Thursday adjacent to the Gilfillan Estate on Minnesota Highway 67 ...

MORGAN - Everything from the latest innovations in agriculture to discussions on rural broadband will be featured at the 34th annual IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest from Tuesday through Thursday adjacent to the Gilfillan Estate on Minnesota Highway 67 between Redwood Falls and Morgan.
Farmfest is believed to be the fourth largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the U.S., according to Trade Show News Network.
This year’s show will feature nearly 600 exhibitors on the grounds.
New this year is a rural broadband day Tuesday. It will feature an entire day of technology, policy and conversation about rural Minnesota and Broadband along with new product innovations, according to IDEAg.
U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz, both Democrats, will discuss key ag policy issues beyond the farm bill with Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Chandler Goule, vice president, National Farmers Union, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Peterson represents Minnesota’s 7th District and Walz the 1st District.
A panel discussion to follow at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday will focus on the changing public perception of agriculture and what can be done about it. Farm broadcasters and representatives of the pork and turkey industries will be among the panel members.
Thursday will feature a panel discussion on preparing for catastrophic livestock diseases. The 10:30 a.m. discussion will include representatives of the University of Minnesota and Extension, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, and the turkey and pork industries.

IF YOU GO
What: Minnesota Farmfest
Where: 28269 Highway 67, Morgan, MN, adjacent to the Gilfillan Estate between Redwood Falls and Morgan
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Cost: Admission is $12 at the gate for adults; under 18 free
Info: http://www.ideaggroup.com/farmfest

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